Torch Clubs are chartered small-group leadership and service clubs for boys and girls ages 11-13 focusing on character development. A Torch Club is a powerful vehicle through which Club staff can help meet the special needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their development. Torch Club members learn to elect officers and work together to plan and implement activities in four areas: service to Club and community, education, health and fitness and social recreation. Torch Club Awards are presented annually to Torch Clubs with outstanding programs and activities in the four areas. Each year, Torch Club members from all over the country take part in a service-learning experience through the National Torch Club Project. The Torch Club program is sponsored by Staples, Inc. and Staples Foundation for Learning, Inc.
Keystoning is the Boys & Girls Club Movement’s ultimate teen program.
This unique leadership development experience provides opportunities for young people ages 14 to 18. Youth participate, both in and out of the Club, in activities in three focus areas: academic success, career preparation and community service. With the guidance of an adult advisor, Keystone Clubs aim to have a positive impact on members, the Club and community.
Kids may walk through our doors for the fun we offer, but we do far more than entertain these youngsters. Our nationally recognized programs and activities impact children in three essential ways:
•Academic success—Improving grades, reducing high school drop-out rates, and teaching kids to see themselves as learners.
• Good character and citizenship—Encouraging community service, reducing juvenile crime rates, and instilling an attitude of engagement.
•Healthy lifestyles—Teaching healthy behaviors, reducing drug use and childhood obesity, and fostering a positive self-image.
Our programs vary from Club to Club, allowing each Club to create programs that are tailored to their specific communities and member demographics. Please call a Club near you to find out more about the programs offered there.